December 8, 2002
Big and little kids alike seem to be fascinated with the great, extinct creatures of prehistoric times. The skeleton of an acrocanthosaurs atolkensis (high spine lizard) is an impressive sight until you see the T-Rex or the giant mammoth. I did not know mammoths had ever lived in North America until visiting this museum! Still, I liked seeing the glytodont the best. What''s a glyptodont, you ask? An ancestor of the armadillo, this giant creature roamed Dallas 20,000 years ago. It had a shell that was over four feet tall!
In addition to seeing dinosaurs, museum visitors will encounter more recent animal life from Texas in the first floor exhibition halls. There are stuffed elk, badgers, beavers, ocelots, mountain lions, gray wolves and bears. We also walked through a small cave located in the Bison Hall and played a video game designed to teach about the feeding habits of bats.
All in all, this was a very nice family diversion for the afternoon that wasn''t too expensive....that is, until we hit the gift store! There are actually two in the museum, and they are both worth spending a few minutes of time perusing. Where else are you gonna find candy worms to buy for the kids?
Tip: Go to the Museum of Natural History first, then walk over to the Dallas Aquarium. These are two good museums to see together in one day without taxing the attention spans of your children.
From journal A Family Experience in Dallas